Rajshekar Prabhakar – MSc Robotics Technology graduate

Current employer: Carnegie Robotics LLC

Current job title: Electrical Engineer

Current location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

“The robotics programme offered at Plymouth University is one of the best in UK. The breadth of knowledge combined with the up-to-date and practical projects we covered during our coursework prepares students for their career in robotics.”

Tell us about your career path since graduation.

I started working for Carnegie Robotics LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, from July 2015.

What is the most difficult thing which you have faced in your career?

I definitely think that the shift in perspective from building prototypes to building commercial products is not only a big step to make but also a difficult one. Making this step, however, is also very important.

What is the best, most exciting or fun thing that you have done in your career?

The best part of my career to date has been testing and evaluating several 3D sensors, LIDAR sensors, and inertial measurement units (IMU) for a commercial robotic product. In addition to this, I also really enjoyed the research and development of a new sensor technology.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to get in to the same line of work?

You can’t learn robotics just by reading books: you have to learn by doing.

How did studying at Plymouth help you?

Studying at Plymouth University gave me a glimpse into the breadth of robotics. The research skills I picked up during my time at university are very useful in my work today.

How has a degree from Plymouth University influenced your career?

The degree from Plymouth University and my other degree from Carnegie Mellon University have given me the knowledge and skills to build cutting edge technology (robots).

What is your favourite memory of studying at Plymouth?

I really enjoyed being able to build robots whilst at university, and learning all the ins and outs of programming. My favourite memory about the locale is definitely the opportunities I had to go on a walk to the sea-front.

Would you recommend undertaking a course with Plymouth University, and why?

Definitely! The robotics programme offered at Plymouth University is one of the best in UK. The breadth of knowledge combined with the up-to-date and practical projects we covered during our coursework prepares students for their career in robotics – a field that requires one to be always up-to-date with technology.

Is there anything else which you would like to share with our current students?

Hack-a-thons and mini-projects, along with strong understanding of fundamentals, is very important for a great career in this industry.

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